The following funding opportunities are available to international students:

International students are not eligible for the U.S. government aid programs (i.e., Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, Stafford Loan, Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study). Finding financial support often requires a lot of research. Below are a few resources to aid you in this process.

ISSS Emergency Financial Grants - 2021-2022 Academic Year Application Cycle is Now Closed

Every fall and spring semester, ISSS awards limited emergency grant funds for continuing students with unexpected financial emergencies. Grant amounts vary according to available funds and demonstrated need. With a limited amount of funds, not all applicants will receive a grant.  

  • The deadline to apply for an ISSS Emergency Financial Grant for the 2021-2022 Academic Year was April 20, 2022.
  1. The CU Boulder Financial Need Emergency Grant
    Eligibility for the CU Boulder Financial Need Emergency Grant Award, you must:
    • Undergraduate students: Be meeting Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
    • Be in good academic standing with your department
    • Be enrolled in your second year of studies or higher at CU Boulder
    • Be an international student on a temporary non-immigrant visa
      • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees/asylees, and/or individuals in Temporary Protected Status are not eligible for these awards.
         
  2. The El Mallakh Scholarship Award (primarily for students from the Middle East and Africa or for students from a country designated as a low-income economy by the World Bank); and
    Eligibility for the El Mallakh Scholarship Award, you must:
    • Be in good academic standing with your department
    • Be enrolled in your second semester of studies or higher at CU Boulder
    • Be an international student on a temporary non-immigrant visa
      • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees/asylees, and/or individuals in Temporary Protected Status are not eligible for these awards
    • Be a citizen or permanent resident of a Middle Eastern or African country OR a country designated as a low-income economy by the World Bank.          

Applying for an ISSS Emergency Financial Grant

Application Checklist

Be sure to have all of the required documents ready to upload when you access the application.

Resume including your current employment/activities at CU Boulder

Current Budget—Create your own budget or use the Emergency Grant Budget Form

Statement of Financial Need and Current Financial Circumstance

  • Must clearly explains the unexpected financial difficulty or emergency and the amount of funding you are asking for and details of the unexpected financial circumstance and how it was beyond your control.

Documentation of Your Financial Need

Completed Substantial Presence Test Questionnaire

Completed W-8BEN

The 2021-2022 Academic Year ISSS Emergency Grant Cycle is Now Closed